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    FILMS: Such a Beautiful Boy...

    Part of the "Documentary, Adjective" Series

      When Dec 01, 2011
      from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
      Where Varsity Theatre
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      Double Feature


      In Such a Beautiful Boy I Gave Birth To, the camera documents and frequently provokes conflicts that arise between the filmmaker and his parents, particularly his mother. The parents disapprove of their son’s choice to study filmmaking and don’t acknowledge his need for independence. This is the cause of unending quarrels that add to constant atmosphere of tension and dissatisfaction among the family members who share a tiny Krakow apartment. Even though the ceaseless insults and disapproving opinions expressed by the mother about the son’s lifestyle appear unjustified, and often downright unfair, they seem to arise from a sincere concern of an overbearing parent. Described by critics as "a family psychodrama with intense psychological and social veracity."

      Marija’s Own
      depicts a long overdue tribute to the deceased Marija, in which three granddaughters host an unconventional and surreal memorial for their beloved grandmother. Setting the scene in Marija’s small apartment in Croatia, the sister’s don elaborate party dresses and welcome family, friends and fellow tenants of the apartment building to an interactive funeral like no other. The vibrant requiem is scored by a dining room performance from Czech electro-trash band Midi Lidi. With the stage set, the play commences—eat, drink, dance and be merry in a celebration of life. Both film and ceremony are an experimental performance piece, playing with the notions of ritual and the beautiful absurdity of life and death. (Lynne Crocker, Hot Docs)

      Admission is free with a University ID and $4 for all others. Tickets are available at the Varsity Theater Box Office (123 E. Franklin Street).

      retrospective will feature documentary films from Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Croatia.

      Bio: This retrospective is part of the new Ackland Film Forum and is sponsored by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature in copy5_of_DocumentaryAdjective.jpgcollaboration with the Ackland Art Museum and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

      This retrospective presents several films by contemporary documentary filmmakers indicative of trends in
      East European non-fiction cinema in the last twenty years. The films in the program strike many interesting formal and thematic directions, such as concepts of national identity, political power, historical memory, representation of war, freedom, and family rituals.

      The intent is not to present these films as a cohesive series of responses of one generation to the transformation of the former East Bloc into independent states. After all, what once constituted the geopolitical construct “Eastern Europe,” now consists of societies of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, each capable of producing a distinct cinematic tradition. This is as true of filmmakers before 1989 and those today.

      In that sense, the primary goal of the retrospective is not to present these films as sources of factual information about East Europe, but rather as intersections of creative expression and documentary practice. The audience’s attention, in return, is drawn to the limits of abstracting meaning from particular social contexts and to the equivocal historical function of moving image forms. Hence the choice of the title: “Documentary, adjective.” Documentary, as a caveat and contingency.

      Location: Varsity Theater (123 Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

      Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature; Ackland Art Museum; Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.